News and Events on the new Library website

news and events web page

There’s a brand new News & Events page on the redesigned Library website where you can find details of what’s changing, and what training and events are coming up.

Once we’re ready, we’ll archive this blog, and the News & Events page will be your main source of Library news. We’re also active on Twitter and Facebook, so follow us to take part in the conversation about your Library.

Thanks for reading!


British Standards Online – short trial

Lancaster University Library is running a brief, limited trial of British Standards Online (BSOL). This is the main source for British and international standards in force in the UK. During the trial you will be able to search the BSOL catalogue and view standards (using the Quick View tab).

The trial does not allow you to print out standards or to download them, although this will be possible if we subscribe to the service. Please try it out and tell us how important you think it is for your work and that of your department.

For log-in details, please contact Jenny Brine ( or Andy Holgate (

Welcome to all new starters!

Welcome to all new starters at Lancaster University this week!

We hope you have a great Welcome Week, getting to know your way around campus, and meeting all the new people who will help you shape your time here.

The Library is based in the corner of Alexandra Square, near to The Base. We’re number 36 on the campus map.


We’re currently at the start of a major building refurbishment which will provide an outstanding research and learning environment on campus. The Library is open and running throughout the refurbishment, with 24/7 opening in term time.

The Library website is full of information about our services, with links to our electronic library resources. You can also access the Library online through iLancaster and Moodle.

To find out more about getting started with Library and IT services, come along to one of the intro sessions on Tuesday 30th September in the Elizabeth Livingston Lecture Theatre, Bowland North (23 on the map), or attend the Library induction for your course.

If you’re lost, or have any questions about the Library, please pop in and ask, or contact us. 🙂

Important changes to fines and loan periods

On 1st August, we introduced changes to our fines and loan periods.  You will only incur a fine when you are late returning a recalled book, High Demand item or a laptop. All other fines have been abolished. We have also lengthened loan periods to 10 weeks for undergraduates and taught postgraduates and 52 weeks for staff and research postgraduates. There will no longer be 7 day loans. For more information and the rationale behind these changes, please see the New Fines, Loans and Renewals Policy and Frequently Asked Questions on our website.

Research Bites: 20 minute sessions for researchers


We’ve planned the first six Research Bites sessions for July 2014. Join us in Bowland North SR 25 from 12pm.

Join us for an informal 20 minute session. Bring your lunch, and a friend! Tea and coffee provided.

  • Do you need to submit an electronic thesis? Wednesday 9th July
    Find out why you need to submit your thesis online, show you how to do it, and address your worries about plagiarism and publication. 
  • Impact factors and all that Thursday 10th July
    Understand the importance of impact factors for you, the University and your funding body. Discover the most common metrics, and address your concerns.
  • What about Patents? Thursday 17th July
    Learn about the unique nature of patents and how to find them.
  • What you need to know about Open Access Thursday 24th July
    Learn why Open Access is important and how the Library can support you through it.
  • Social media – tools and tips for researchers Friday 25th July
    Get an introduction to how social media can work for you as a researcher.
  • Open session Thursday 31st July
    We’ll aim to help you get past your research barriers and answer any Library-related questions you have. 

More information: Tanya Williamson, Assistant Librarian, 01524 594284

Digital Theatre Plus trial

We have arranged a trial of Digital Theatre Plus.

The trial can be accessed on campus only by going to

The trial finishes on the 20th June. The trial gives you access to each of the 31 productions, 75+ Making Theatre interviews and the full study guides, so you can see the quality of the content, features of the website and the value to student study.

If you would find this a valuable addition to our library’s resources, please complete the feedback form here.

PsycTests – Trial

We have arranged a trial of the American Psychological Association’s psychology test repository. PsycTESTS® is an authoritative source of structured information about tests of relevance to psychologists and professionals in related fields such as psychiatry, management, business, education, social science, neuroscience, law, medicine, and social work. While focused on contemporary instances of test use, coverage spans more than a century.
The trial runs until 12th June.
To try  it, please go to their website.

If you are denied access, please click on the link called OpenAthens and you should be able to log on using your campus username and password.

If you would find this a valuable addition to our library’s resources, please complete the feedback form here.

Scientific Style and Format – 8th edition – trial

Scientific Style and Format is the Council of Science Editors’ manual for authors, editors, and publishers.  The 8th edition has just come out, and is available online with a number of additional features which should  make it easier to use  than the print version.  Please try it out and let us know what you think of it.  The trial runs until the end of August 2014.